Published on January 28, 2019

A'Mirey Graduates NICUA'Mirey NICU Graduate

TUPELO, Miss.—The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital celebrated a special graduation Friday for a Starkville family. Malaysia McSwain and Jontavious Lett were able to take their baby girl, A’mirey, home after 137 days in the NICU. Born 14 weeks early on Sept. 11, 2018, A’mirey weighed only 1 pound, making her one of the smallest babies ever on the unit. Her parents are both Moss Point natives and seniors at Mississippi State University, graduating in May with criminology degrees. The past several months have been difficult for A’mirey’s parents, as they had to schedule visits not only around both their class schedules, but also around Jontavious’ work schedule at the campus Barnes and Noble. Her parents, who have been friends since daycare and sweethearts since 2015, marched A’mirey—dressed in her official cap and gown—through the NICU halls while “Pomp and Circumstance” played and staff members cheered and clapped.

Friday marked the NICU’s first graduation ceremony. The NICU is looking for volunteers to make caps and gowns so that it can become a regular celebration. For more information, email

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